Graduation Video Shows Suspected OSU Attacker in Happier Times
More information about the Ohio State University attacker has come to surface. on the day after the attack.
Abdul Razak Ali Artan graduated cum laude from Columbus State Community College earlier in the year before transferring to Ohio State University.
Video of his graduation shows how the 18-year-old jumping for joy when he graduated with an associate’s degree.
On his first day of class in August, he was profiled by the campus newspaper, The Lantern, in which he wondered how he would be treated at his new school.
"If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don't know what they're going to think, what's going to happen,” he said.
Investigators say that on the morning of Monday’s attack, Artan wrote a disturbing message on his Facebook page, saying attacks on Muslims around the world "lead to a boiling point" and "I can't take it anymore."
"America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially the muslim ummah. We are not weak,” he wrote. “I am sick and tired of seeing my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters being killed and tortured everywhere."
Two hours before his post against America, he left a cryptic message on his Facebook account that said: "Forgive and forget. Love."
Artan was born in Somalia and was a legal permanent resident of America in 2014. The family left their country in 2007 and was living in Pakistan before coming to America.
Prior to moving to Ohio, Artan lived in a temporary shelter in Dallas, Texas, according to Catholic Charities records.
During Monday morning's rampage, he drove a car over a curb and into pedestrians before exiting the vehicle. The suspect, who was reportedly wielding a butcher knife, then slashed at and injured several people in the area, officials said.
None of the injuries were considered life-threatening, though at least two of the pedestrians hit by the vehicle underwent surgery.
Artan was later gunned down by a campus police officer.